Cantor Defeated in Major Primary Upset
If you don't listen you feel, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the sting of defeat in a district that said he had not listened closely enough to their needs. He was defeated Tuesday in a primary election by a little-known conservative economics professor, David Brat. Brat defeated Cantor, a six-term incumbent, despite having no experience in elected office and being outspent by nearly 20-to-1. The Associated Press called the race for Brat shortly after 8 p.m. ET, an hour after polls closed in Virginia’s 7th District. Brat was leading Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Cantor won less populous counties nearer to Washington, but lost the Richmond suburbs, while Brat won by significant margins in more conservative counties. Because Virginia has an open primary system, Brat's campaign urged supporters to recruit Democrats and independents to help oust Cantor, although it was unclear how organized that effort was.